Extension cords work great for delivering power where you need it. However, they are temporary solutions not meant for long-term household use. Over time, extension cords deteriorate and can lead to potentially dangerous shocks. Read the following tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International.
Safety Tips for Extension Cord Use
It’s not a good idea to overload an extension cord or to let it run along the ground through water or snow. Never substitute extension cords for permanent wiring. They should never be used through walls, ceilings, floors, or doorways. Covered cords cause fire hazards, as the heat from them has nowhere to escape.
Be sure to also note the following before using:
- Is the intended cord for indoor or outdoor use?
- What is the cord’s wattage rating? Will it work for the appliance with which you need to use it?
- Do not use a cord that feels hot to the touch.
- Never use a three-prong extension cord in outlets with only two slots. Cutting the third grounding pin to force-fit it to work in a two prong outlet is a fire hazard.
- Buy an extension cord sanctioned by independent testing laboratories. These have abbreviations ETL (Intertek), UL (Underwriters Laboratories), or CSA (Canadian Standards Association) on them.
Hire a Professional
Relying too much on an extension cord indicates that you have too few outlets. A residential electrical service in Taneytown can help you install additional outlets where you need them. Call Tim Kyle Electric today. Existing older homes wiring and main electrical panels can easily become outdated. We can take care of any of your rewiring, outlet upgrades, or electrical panel needs.